Kenyan police arrest 25 foreigners, including 14 Tanzanians, as war on illegal immigrants intensifies

The arrests come just weeks after  hundreds of Tanzanians were arrested in the coast region for what the government termed as conducting illegal activities.

  • Kenyan Police have arrested 25 foreigners, including 14 Tanzanians in the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants.
  • The arrests come
  • The arrest follows Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i’s orders last month to police to apprehend all illegal foreigners living in the country without proper documentations.

Police in Kisii County arrested the 25 foreigners 14 of whom are Tanzanians in the week-long swoop.

The arrests come just weeks after  hundreds of Tanzanians were arrested in the coast region for what the government termed as conducting illegal activities in the country, sparking fears of a fresh diplomatic row.

The Kenya Navy arrested 109 Tanzanians for illegal fishing within the country's territorial waters in the Indian Ocean.

The Tanzanian fishermen were seized at Shimoni, a port village in southeastern Kenya near the border with Tanzania and were presented before a court in Kwale County. They were remanded after failing to raise a cash bail of Ksh20,000 ($200) each according to Lunga Lunga deputy county deputy commissioner Mr Josphat Biwott.

The arrest follows Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i’s orders last month to police to apprehend all illegal foreigners living in the country without proper documentations.

According to Government records, 34,000 foreigners currently working in the country having been issued with work permits but it is feared thousands others are living and working illegally in Kenya after acquiring permits through unscrupulous means.

"These statistics and figures do not appear to be realistic, as there seems to be more than 34,000 registered foreigners, probably more than 100,000," Dr Matiang'i said at Nyayo House in Nairobi when setting the activity in motion.

The crackdown is targeting more than 100,000 foreigners who work in various parts of the country.

The Interior CS announced foreigners without official work permits have 60 days to get documentation or risk being arrested.

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